Neil Stonechild’s death is referenced in this collection and Helen Betty Osborne’s is referenced in Imagine Mercy (2013). (If you are looking to add further to your reading list, consider Susanne Reber and Robert Renaud’s Starlight Tour: The Last, Lonely Night of Neil Stonechild and David Alexander’s The Helen Betty Osborne Story, recently republished as Betty.)
In one poem, Groulx writes: “When the Whites found gold / in Tsilhqot’in territory / they built roads on the graves”. There’s also a 10-speed bike and a copy of the Sears Christmas Wish Book. And “night gnaws the light away”.
There’s a lot of everyday detail in In the Silhouette of Your Silences (2014) also: “The Littlest Hobo” and the King George Hotel, planets and prayers, poppies and sunflowers, and an unbuttoned blouse and empty kisses.
There is a sensual side to some of these verses, a consideration of “what bodies know”, of the “bodyscape”. There are lyrical lines like: “Empty/ the sunset / from your throat”. There is also a pair of granny panties.